At least a third of this film consists of people walking or running through a forest. As a result, this movie plods along to the point of annoyance. It's not even "so bad it's good." I'll give it two stars because of the clever way they dispatch the monster, but that's it.
March 23, 2013 Subject:
Featuring the Larry Buchanan Players
I'm guessing the reason Larry Buchanan didn't direct this is because he was busy working on the made for TV remake of She-Creature (Creature of Destruction) None of the actors in that movie are in this one but you'll recognize John Agar, Bill Thurman, Randy Ready and even Ralph Baker Jr who was an extra playing one of the "gang" who spends the entire movie making out with his girlfriend in 'Attack The The Eye Creatures."
The directing falls on James Sullivan who worked on most of Buchanan's other movies up until this one. It's hard to see much in the way of a difference between the two directors. Sullivan relies more on POV suspense with the monster instead of plastic rubber suited people on film. This does make for more interesting viewing but that's undermined by long walking scenes.
The dialogue in this is more interesting than what you'd get from a typical Buchanan film but maybe that's not saying too much.
Someone else said this but it deserves repeating. The college attending late teeners?....they look to be 30 at the youngest.
Three stars if you feel like a Larry Buchanan movie without actually watching one.
June 15, 2011 Subject:
Poor John Agar, it had been a long time since he was Mr. Sirley Temple, and perhaps he should have been drinking some Shirley Temples instead of slamming down that daily bottle of Scotch during the 60's.
I got the same feeling of a Buchanan haunting from "Don't Look in the Basement" and "The Yesterday Machine." The director of the first worked with Larry B. on two of his Azalea film and the actress playing the villainess, Annabelle Weenick, was in most of them. The producer, writer and director of the second wrote the piece of cinematic dung we're discussing, and Bill Thurman (a Buchanen regular) had a role in it.
Guess what they say about inbreeding in Texas has some basis in fact :)
June 14, 2011 Subject:
This film makes Plan 9 look like an academy award winner. Ed and Bela need to fix this one...
September 19, 2010 Subject:
this movie is all kinds of win
beside the fact it was filmed here in Dallas my father is one of the"stars" of this gem franke jolly aka rex bower.
I Give it a four because of the poor lighting
May 9, 2009 Subject:
An American rocket crashes in a rural area near a Texas college town. A mutant monster (reminiscent of Robot Monster) then wanders the area and attacks folks in cars. John Agar blows it up. That explosion is all of the on-screen action. Well, there is a fist fight.
The film is coherent and well paced, if unimaginative. It was fun watching the squeaky-clean, plastic fantastic college kids having a blast doing the Hully Gully at the 'beach' (woods near a lake).
Oh, and the music, I forgot about the music...Well I will, given time.
I downloaded the 642MB MPEG4 file, which is actually DivX. Video and audio are fine.
May 4, 2009 Subject:
Or IS it a Larry Buchanan flick?
Perhaps, by proxy. The director of this film, James/Jim Sullivan, worked with Larry Buchanan as an assistant camera operator on the 1966 Larry Buchanan classic, Zontar, Thing from Venus (another John Agar vehicle). It looks like Larry Buchanan was busy in 1967 anyway, cranking out "Mars Needs Women."
April 27, 2009 Subject:
...Has the the look, the aroma, the echoes...everything but the actual presence of Dallas-based b-movie filmmaker Larry Buchanan!
The first time I saw this little gem of 1960s Texas-made sci-fi fun was one afternoon on the USA Network in the mid-80s. I am still as stunned as I was back then.
Just get into the mindset of viewing a cheap 60s drive-in clunker, pop up some popcorn, and watch. If you can put away your cynicism for 75 minutes, you just might enjoy it! :)
April 24, 2009 Subject:
Not what it seems
The style makes it seem like one. The cast makes it seem like one. The photography makes it seem like one. but this is NOT a Larry Buchanan movie! But it is fun to watch.